What I was tempted to buy at the Philly Flower Show


When I attend the Philadelphia Flower Show I always arrive just as it opens and head straight for the displays and competitions (hopefully before the place gets insanely crowded).  Then it’s time to do some shopping!  Here are the products that caught my eye this year.  So what do y’all think of them?


Mounted on the wall these kinda look like backpacks but on the floor I saw that these carts that can haul all sorts of things.


Above, these outdoor-indoor rugs made from recycled plastic happen to have been recommended to me recently by a landscape designer – for my new screened-in porch.  (Have I mention I’m having one built at my new house?  Photos coming soon!)


Above, I had a nice chat with the folks from Nature’s Footprint about their UrBin Grower self-watering containers and Worm Factory vermiculture bins.  The owner (right, whose name I neglected to get) doesn’t read blogs but knows Amy and was giving her book away during his talk at the show.  (Love the new cover.)


This cute guy standing in a tub of water does very well selling the expensive but totally waterproof Irish boots he’s wearing.  My traveling companion bought some last year and swears by them – for gardening or with designer jeans for more formal affairs.  She says his cuteness wasn’t the deciding factor but it sure didn’t hurt.

The expandable rake on the right is a product I WANT.  Beats bending over to pick them or using one of those horrible blowers.


These hanging vases hold water, so work with fresh flowers but me, I’m a sucker for dried arrangements.  Maybe on that screened-in porch I’m hoping to have built any day now (permit pending).

IMG_5086Finally, another indoor-outdoor decoration that caught my eye are these metal trees.  I neglected to check the prices, though, and they may be too rich for my blood.

Speaking of which, I planted my tuches in a fancy hammock-swing with attached umbrella and loved it, but the $1,195 pricetag makes it a nonstarter.   Fortunately, more affordable hammocks abound; I just have to find room for one on that new porch I can’t shut up about.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

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  1. I looooved those metal trees! They were pretty expensive. I might have bought one, though, if I hadn’t already bought three blue ceramic koi. Ha!

  2. I saw the same backpack carts this past weekend at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Would make a good substitute in my neighborhood for the folding metal shopping cart to cart around groceries (seeing as how gas prices are crazy). They had them priced for $35 but they don’t ship them so will have to wait til next to buy one.

  3. I like the outdoor carpets-those are particularly nice- what is the brand??
    I like the leaf picker upper-expandable rake, and I really like the boots and the cute Scotts’man in them!

  4. I like the wall pouches-did you get a brand name? I have a plastic rug-I have it by the door in the garage-the cats tend to bring gifts and drop/dispose of the them and its easy to clean!

  5. You will give us lots of photos of your new porch with potted plants/furniture in place when it’s done, right? I like the outdoor carpets best of everything you showed. After you get one for your porch, I might get one,too.

  6. I have very similar-appearing boots that are also totally waterproof. $70 on sale at an equestrian shop. Horse people need to be in damp muck-filled barns in freezing weather, so the foot ware seems to be really good.

  7. I loved the wall mounted vases – any chance you remember the name of the vendor?

    Thanks for the daily dose of entertainment and information.

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